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Police report information important to after-accident claims

After a serious car accident, you may be worried about what you are supposed to do. You may feel confused or even be in a state of shock. Though you may seem unhurt due to the adrenaline you feel, you may have really suffered injuries in the incident.

Most often, police officers and other emergency personnel come to the scene of a crash. If you suffered injuries, emergency medical service workers may take you to the hospital, and still, you may not know what to do about handling the accident. Of course, taking care of your health is a top priority, but officers may come to the hospital to question you about the incident.

Police report

The information officers gather regarding a car accident will typically go into a police report. The report will contain various information regarding the crash, such as:

  • When the accident occurred
  • The weather and daylight conditions at the time of the incident
  • Statements from all drivers involved, which is why an officer may question you after you receive medical attention
  • Description of injuries noted at the accident site
  • Information about your vehicle and any other vehicles involved in the crash
  • Personal information from all individuals involved, which could include your name, address, telephone number and insurance coverage information
  • Details about the roadway or other area where the incident took place
  • A diagram of the accident scene
  • Information and statements from witnesses

Giving this information to officers for the police report is important because the report acts as a record of the event. If the other driver is considered at fault for the accident, you may be able to use the information in the police report to help build a personal injury claim if you wish to move forward with such action. Though you cannot use the report itself as evidence during your case, it is still an important document to have for insurance purposes.

Obtaining a copy of the report

After the police report is completed and filed, you can obtain a copy of the report for yourself. Reviewing the report and ensuring that the information is correct is important. If you notice any errors in the information you provided, you may want to request a revision to the document. If you do wish to gain information on potentially seeking compensation for the injuries you suffered, you may wish to take the police report to a Texas attorney. The information in the report could help when determining your best options.

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